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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived readings & workshops
Apr 19 Sunday, April 19
7:00pm, Give What You Can

 

Join us as we celebrate two recent publications by Wisconsin poets, including the inaugural publication in our chapbook imprint, tinder | tender. Brent Christianson’s chapbook, Viaticum, was published by tinder | tender in late 2014, and Tom Montag’s In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013 was published in 2014 by MWPH.


 

Brent Christianson was born and raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, received his B.A. degree from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and his Masters of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul. He retired in September, 2014, after 21 years as Campus Pastor for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the self-anointed poet-laureate for LaCrosse Central High school where one of his poems almost got him expelled. He has been an active poet since young years but in the past two decades has published in many journals, Wisconsin Poets' Calendars, anthologies. He has twice won first prize in the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Triad contest. He lives in Madison with his wife, Rebecca, a retired teacher.

 

Tom Montag was born in Iowa in 1947, moved to Wisconsin in 1966, married Mary in 1969, and moved into the big red house in Fairwater in 1976. Montag has worked as editor, publisher, and typesetter for such publications as Bugle American, Margins: A Review of Little Magazines and Small Press Books, and the Fox River Patriot. He has also edited/published Monday Morning Press, Midwestern Writers Publishing House, and MWPH Books. In the early 80s, he and Mary founded the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. He was named a Wisconsin Commended Poet in 2004 and 2015. He serves on the board of the Friends of Lorine Niedecker, where he assists annually with the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival and as managing editor of the Lorine Niedecker Monograph Series: What Region? He is the author of several books, including In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, Middle Ground (1982), Curlew: Home (2001), The Big Book of Ben Zen (2003), and The Idea of the Local (2007).

 

Follow Montag at his blog, The Middlewesterner, where he’s had an online presence since 2004.

 


 

prayer

 

I enter

a dark

room

and

hear

the

sound

of

 

           breathing.

 

            —Brent Christianson


 

In This Place

 

In this

place

 

we live

we live

 

again

in each

 

wonder,

each stone,

 

flower,

clump of

 

woods. Lost

moments,

 

each, like

this. Where?

 

In this

place,

 

this

holy

 

place.

 

          —Tom Montag